Denning man gets 25-year prison term for killing girlfriend
By Jay Braman Jr.
On March 6 of this year, emergency service personnel responded to a call on Woodfield Road in a secluded portion of the already secluded Town of Denning.
Upon arrival they found 37-year-old Jamielynn Bleakley, a woman who in the past had reported domestic violence in her home. She was face down in the snow at the bottom of a small set of steps. She was wearing sweatpants, sneakers, and a T-shirt. She was covered with a blanket and sheets of plywood.
Bleakley was taken to Catskill Regional Medical Center in Harris and then was transferred to Westchester Medical Center in Valhalla where she died a day later from her injuries.
Her boyfriend, Gerald Babcock, 40, was the one that had made the call for help. He was arrested five days later in the Sullivan County Village of Liberty by village police and subsequently was charged with manslaughter. He was arraigned in Ulster Town Court and sent to the Ulster County Jail without bail.
On Friday, nine months after the incident, Babcock was sentenced to 25 years in state prison for the beating and strangulation death of Bleakley, according to a statement released by the Ulster County District Attorney’s Office.
Babcock, whose criminal history includes felony convictions for assaulting a pregnant girlfriend with a baseball bat, was found guilty of manslaughter by an Ulster County Court Jury on November 25. He was sentenced on Friday by Ulster County Judge Donald A. Williams. The judge also ordered five years of post-release supervision.
During the trial, which began November 19, county Assistant District Attorney Michael Kavanagh said Bleakley’s death was the result of a brutal act of domestic violence by Babcock.
According to published reports in the Daily Freeman, Babcock’s lawyer argued that while Babcock was a domestic abuser, he did not cause Bleakley’s death because she died from injuries suffered when she hit her head after falling down a set of stairs.